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Despite Good Intentions

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For more than thirty-five years, Thomas W. Dichter has worked in the field of international development, managing and evaluating projects for nongovernmental organizations, directing a Peace Corps country program, and serving as a consultant for such agencies as USAID, UNDP, and the World Bank. On the basis of this extensive and varied experience, he has become an outspoke ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 16th 2003 by University of Massachusetts Press (first published January 2003)
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Emily
Jul 02, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in development, US foreign policy, international relations
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From this book I learned something I had begun to see for myself: development assistance and aide to the third world doesn't work. Dichter provides ample proof of this, using eighteen case studies and a wealth of personal experience, and suggests a number of explanations, one of which is the fact that aide organizations spend a major percentage of their budget on over-paid consultants instead of actually doing something useful with the money they have. Although it sounds utterly depressing, this ...more
Jessie
Mar 24, 2008 Jessie rated it really liked it
A fascinating account of the author's experience in development work - from PCV to PC Country Director to USAID and the World Bank. A must read for those of us working in this field who actually care about what we may or may not be achieving.
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saving the world is a business..
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